Newcastle Linked With England International Center-Back

News in the Sunday People today that Manchester City’s England defender Joleon Lescott has been told he is surplus to requirements and can leave in the summer for around £4M.

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Joleon Lescott – Newcastle interested?

And the People are reporting that Newcastle, Aston Villa and Everton are interested in the former Everton and Wolves defender.

But we’d be surprised if the news of Newcastle being interested is true, because Jolean turns 31 in August, and Newcastle will likely bring in a younger player to replace captain Fabricio Coloccini, who is likely to leave in the summer, to return to Argentina for family reasons.

Joleon played the whole game in England’s 8-0 win in San Marino on Friday evening in the World Cup qualifying game, and he has 25 England caps and is an experienced and good defender.

QPR were keen to recruit Lescott (and anybody else they could get) in the January window, but City refused to allow the 6’2″ defender to leave in mid-season.

Lescott left Everton in 2009 for £24M to join money bags Manchester City, , but seems prepared to return to Goodison Park, if the Toffees are really interested.

Of course David Moyes, the Everton manager will allow his own contract to run down at Everton, and it’s not clear he will remain at Everton past this season.

As we said earlier, we’d be surprised if Newcastle are really interested in Lescott, who played 185 times with 8 goals for Wolves before moving to Everton in 2006, where he played 143 times with 17 goals.

Joleon has played 121 times for Manchester City with 8 goals, but cannot get his place in the Manchester City starting eleven, and he’s played only 19 time so far this season.

We just cannot see Mike Ashley paying out £4M for a 31 year-old, as his value will only quickly diminish.

What do you think?

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13 comments so far

  • dmac

    Mar 24, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #1

    No thanks

  • wreker16

    Mar 24, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #2

    ^^ agreed

  • toonincheek

    Mar 24, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #3

    No debate on this one.

  • mally72

    Mar 24, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Like ed said to old we have a relatively young team and even at 4 mil he would not be needed by us and we can get better youngsters from abroad for not that much more than that

  • Sav

    Mar 24, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #5

    4mil for a 31 year-old England centre-back is a pretty good deal though. He could have another 5 top years on the clock.

  • reccerobbo

    Mar 24, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Non starter

  • FAU

    Mar 24, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #7

    He’d be just wasting our wage budget

  • goommy

    Mar 24, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #8

    To think about leaving of colo this summer. It’ll be a good deal for us. He’s national class player and can be a starter for our team in an instant.

    welcome man 🙂

  • Harley

    Mar 24, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Have to agree with you sav.

    4 million isn’t a huge amount these days and we’d be getting a really solid player with good experience and ready made for the premiership. He scores goals too.

    I don’t think there’s any chance of it happening though.

  • geordiesteve520

    Mar 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Too old, too much in wages and to be honest not good enough to break up our first choice pairing.

  • arctoa

    Mar 24, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #11

    His wage demands would halt this even if I believed that there was much truth in the story to start with. He’s a decent defender but has that aura of potential calamity about him, rather like Titus Bramble (although to a lesser extent than secret agent Shambles).

  • camdinho

    Mar 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #12

    No doubt that he’s a top class defender. If he’s available for £4m then he’s worth it even at 31, get a few good years out of him, get pushing on for next season. Fortify the defence if Colo goes and he’s got plenty of experience and is used to winning so that’s what we need. Would take him anyday, as long as we can get a good deal on the wages too though

  • karasu

    Mar 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #13

    I say sign him up if’ he’s available on a good wage. Very good, very experienced defender who know what’s up at the highest level. He can show youngsters like Mbabu and Dummett the ropes. Something like “giving” “Coloccini” a home-grown quota fulfillment.


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